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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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C. Costs, Benefits and Effectiveness (Continued)

Characteristics of Rehabilitated Persons

Type of Disability         Number      Percent

Bl i ndness.................................      8,948                     4.2

Other Visual  Impairments..................    10,113                   4.7

Deafness..................................      6,423 est.            3,0

Other Hearing Impairments.................      9,096 est.            4.2

Orthopedic Impairments....................    50,071                   23.3

Absence or Amputation of Extremities......      5,364                     2.5

Mental  Illness............................    41,052                   19.1

Al cohol i sm................................    11,629                     5.4

Drug Addiction............................      2,753                     1.3

Mental  Retardation........................    26,623                   12.4

Hay Fever and Asthma......................      1,366                     0.6

Di abetes...................................      3,300                   1.5

Epilepsy..................................      4,434                     2.1

Heart Disease.............................      5,417                     2.5

. All Other Circulatory Conditions..........      2,066                     1.0

Respiratory Systems Conditions............      1,405                     0.7

Digestive System Conditions...............      7,151                     3.3

Genitourinary Conditions..................      5,121                     2.4

Speech Impairments........................      1,524                     0.7

All Other Disabling Conditions............    11,015                     5.1

Total Reported 2/.........................214,871                100.0

Although past benefit/cost analyses have varied in scope and methods, all
have shown that the rehabilitation program is cost-beneficial. However,
the Department has funded a new study to determine which cost and benefit
assumptions produce the most accurate benefit/cost ratios (See III. 2.).

During FY 1984 one evaluation study was completed, entitled "Evaluation of
the Delivery of Services to Select Disabled People by the Vocational Rehab-
ilitation Service System.11 (See E. 3.) The study found that the race/ethni-
city of clients made no significant difference in the services received and
the outcomes attained.

D*    Plans for ProgramImprovement and Recommendations for Legislation

The program's 1984 goals and objectives will be pursued in 1985. Further
improvement will depend on the outcomes of five planned studies (see III).

E.    Supporting Studies and Analyses

1* U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabili-
tative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration, "Caseload
Statistics, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Fiscal Year 1983,
Information Memorandum, RSA-IM-84-17," March 1, 1984.                 .10                                                     48,659